Creating conversation pieces for cheap is what All Things Thrifty is all about. I am thrifty to the core.I was raised on a farm in rural Utah. I am accustomed to working hard and was taught to get the most BANG for your buck. I grew up working on our family’s alfalfa farm. Who knew this little farm girl would live in a big city one day. (LOL…yep…I consider St. George a big city!) I hope you enjoy my thrifty ideas.
As most of you know, I was able to go on Good Things Utah, a Utah television show to showcase my ideas. It was a blast. Well, when I went on the show, I brought several projects with me with the hope that I could talk about them on air. This project was part of that display, but we ran out of time before we got to talk about it.
I started with an inexpensive IKEA rug. It cost $29.00.
Next, I decided on a design (easier said than done). I have a hard time focusing sometimes and it took a bit to decide what I wanted. I knew I wanted to use purple, and I knew I wanted something unique and spunky. Randomly, I searched for a cool picture of a peacock in Google and this is my favorite image that I found. The idea of a purple peacock rug materialized from there. I know, I know…my brain is a bit demented at times.
I used Photoshop to adjust the image into a silhouette.
Then, using an overhead projector (one of my favorite design buddies), I projected the peacock head onto the rug. Note: I used a purple sharpie marker because I knew I was painting the peacock purple.
Here she is….Miss Purple Peacock.
We then went to work painting on the peacock with paint brushes. I went around the outside of the peacock first to make the line nice and crisp and then painted the inside.
It turned out ah-mazing in my opinion. I now have a one of a kind rug for my outdoor patio area. Note: the rug is wrinkled in these pictures because I had just rolled it out. It will look significantly better after a day or two.
What a fun place to sit and sip purple crystal light with my hubby. LOL. I even drink the color purple these days. Remember my pillows I made from a Target tablecloth!?!? Since they are made of outdoor canvas fabric, they go great in my outdoor space.
I LOVE it!
Total cost: $29.99 for the rug, and FREE for the purple paint since my mother in law had some left over from a previous project. YAY!